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Are you interested in applying to the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme? If you are, then register for our RfPB information and workshop event!

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
  • Details: An exciting free to attend all-day event, funded and hosted by the NIHR Research Design Service South Central (RDS SC), on how to prepare a research proposal for the NIHR RfPB Programme. This event will bring together researchers for a morning of presentations, followed by an afternoon workshop session with RDS Advisers and the Programme Speakers, who will answer questions from applicants and provide hints, tips and advice.
  • When: Thursday 29 June 2017
  • Where: The Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyards, Portsmouth, PO1 3LJ
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Research Design Service South West and South Central Residential Grant Writing Retreat 2017!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Do you have a great idea for research in health or health services?  Would your team benefit from protected time and expert support to develop your idea into a competitive funding application?  If “yes”, apply to attend the Research Design Service South West and South Central Residential Grant Writing Retreat 2017!

Title / area of focus: The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) South West and South Central Residential Grant Writing Retreat is an exceptional opportunity for researchers in health and health services to develop their research proposals in a supportive environment. Applications are invited from teams of three people, at least one of whom must be employed in the NHS within the South West or South Central regions.

The Residential Grant Writing Retreat will provide an ideal environment for teams to work intensively on their research proposals with support from RDS advisers who have a wide range of research skills and extensive experience of research design and grant writing.  Ideally, attending teams will have a mix of clinical and academic skills.

The Retreat will include:

  • daily seminars covering methodological issues and the craft of writing research proposals
  • working with the support of the Retreat’s adviser team of experienced and qualified researchers
  • working within your own team to complete assignments
  • preparation and delivery of presentations about your project
  • facing and learning from critical review.

If you think your research team would benefit from protected time and expert support to develop a research proposal, visit the Retreat website or contact your local office for further information: RDS South West (01823 342792) / RDS South Central (023 8120 4778).

When: From Monday 4 September 2017 to Friday 8 September 2017

Where: Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9DT

Cost: £2,850 for a team of three

Deadline for proposals: 13:00 on Wednesday 26 April 2017.

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Wessex Health Lines: ResearchLine

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The Wessex Health Lines website has launched a new function, ResearchLine, featuring an effective search tool for studies in mental health, dementia and neurological conditions across Wessex.  You can visit the webpage here. Strategic Clinical Networks exist to bring about complex change across complex pathways of care.  Wessex Health Lines will serve as a resource for individuals and organisations collaborating to improve health and care in Wessex.

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The Academy of Medical Sciences ‘Improving the health of the public by 2040’ report

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Over the coming decades, the UK population will face a wide range of complex health challenges and opportunities, many of which can only be fully addressed through strategies to secure and improve the health of the public as a whole.  The Academy’s report, Improving the health of the public by 2040, explores how to organise our research environment to generate and translate the evidence needed to underpin such strategies.

The report concludes that while public health research has provided fundamental insights into human health, there remains much we do not know about the complex array of interlinking factors that influence the health of the public, and about how to prevent and solve the many health challenges we face as a population.

Read the Academy of Medical of Sciences ‘Policy projects’ page here

Download the report here


New Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Pre-submission form for applicants

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

The Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) Programme is pleased to launch a new initiative to help researchers thinking of applying.

Thanks to this new initiative, applicants have the opportunity to briefly describe their proposal for comment before submitting a formal application.  This is non-mandatory and designed to help applicants so that the common problems seen by the advisory panels can be addressed earlier.

Submission of this form will offer a quick and simple approach for potential applicants to get advice about their intended proposal before they formally apply.

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